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maverick 88... Magnums???

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ahuston, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. ahuston

    ahuston portland Oregon New Member

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    i just recently ordered a new mossberg maverick 88 security (should be here friday) :D and earlier i saw on a few forums some maverick haters saying that i shouldnt shoot 3" magnum loads through it because its a cheap gun, :( even though the gun is chambered to accept 3". :huh: anybody have some advice?
  2. chase

    chase Wilsonville, OR Active Member

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    I wouldn't worry about it, they are made by Mossberg and use some inexpensive parts for the non critical areas. I had a maverick 91 which shot the 3.5" and wouldn't hesitate to shoot them but only shot the 2.75" because of costs.
  3. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    My buddy who loves recoil has put MANY magnum rounds thru his old 88 with no ill effecs...welll,not to the gun anyway . ;)
  4. smithmax

    smithmax here Member

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    If mossberg says it's ok, then it's ok.

    Enjoy your new gun, I got one last summer and it is always the most popular one at the range. The only change I made was an ATI pistol grip stock (not recoil reducing or adjustable). I got the new stock because the factory stock made my trigger finger bend at a weird angle.
  5. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, I don't care for the 3" buck loads in any defensive shotgun. They kick hard and take me too long to get back on target, but that's just me.

    Say you're choosing 00 buck. A 2 3/4" load will have 9 pellets (each about .38 caliber) and a 3" load will have 12 of the same pellets. In both cases the pellets will have the same velocity and therefore power, there will just be fewer of them in the shorter shell. But isn't 9 .38 cal. pellets enough, all at once into a BG, especially if you can quickly give him 9 more and then 9 more?

    If the 2 3/4 shells launched the pellets at a slower speed, then I'd change my opinion, but they don't. It's the weight of the extra 3 pellets that causes the extra kick, not the velocity.

    If you're a great big, young tough guy who can get right back on target with magnums, then go for it. Just for me, magnums are for longer range and larger bird shot hunting, such as ducks and geese.

  6. THC101

    THC101 Pierce County Member

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    I wouldnt worry on it.

    While it is made of lower quality materials, its still backed by a quality brand.